London Fashion Week and the lure of the elasticated waist

Working from home full-time has plenty of perks – not having to go to pointless meetings, eating dry cereal out of the box and watching Cash in the Attic while you work, that sort of thing, but it has its downsides too. As I’ve been inundated by coverage of London Fashion Week, I’ve become increasingly concerned about my dress sense, which has always been a little ‘unpredictable’ at its best.

“Working at home must be great!” people say. “You can stay in your pyjamas!”

Well yes you can, but is that necessarily a good thing? Perhaps it’s not so bad to have to make the effort sometimes to brush your hair and put on something without an elasticated waist.

I realised it had become a problem recently when I started wearing one of my ‘sports’ bra during the day, just because it’s comfortable. I say ‘sports’ – I do wear them for netball, but they are basically the kind of old lady bras you see advertised in the Mail on Sunday magazine, where you can buy a special three pack of beige, and get a free pair of reading glasses.

The trouble is that they are comfy. Underwiring hurts you know, especially when you’re spending the whole day slouched in front of Escape to the Country with your laptop. And jeans? How can you properly enjoy a hearty lunch at home in jeans?

Action definitely needs to be taken. Perhaps I need to start scheduling boring meetings everyday just to make sure I get dressed. Otherwise I fear it could be a slippery slope to maternity clothes and onesies. Although Bee’s all-in-one fluffy tiger suit does look cosy…

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  1. 22 February, 2012 / 2:41 pm

    My Mum always taught me to never wear polyester trousers – bottoms need to breath apparently.

  2. 22 February, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    Oh dear, I wear a sports bra most of the time – and don’t even play netball! Though after five years breastfeeding I think I’d need a boob job to be able to wear anything else these days! Glad to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t dress up to work from home.

  3. 22 February, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    I realised recently that I wear the same thing every day working from home (! create with paint so it is scruffy) when putting in the washing and – apart from underwear (I’m not that gross!) – it was all my husband’s! Amazing how long one outfit lasts when you aren’t worried about what other people might say about you showing up in the same thing all week!

    Glad I’m not alone!

  4. 22 February, 2012 / 6:43 pm

    M&S Classic range is you next step methinks. With Cosyfeet shoes and one of those zip up fleeces with running wolves on a snowy landscape…. I have just been told I need to lose a stone at least, and have blogged about the same. Like you I feel drastic action is required – working from home should not equate to shabby couch potato (not every day at least….)

  5. 23 February, 2012 / 11:56 am

    Working from home makes me lazy with my wardrobe, too. Jeans, sweatshirt and wellies is my corporate uniform of choice, sat in my leaky-roofed office behind the kitchen (complete with smelly dog under the desk). If ever I wobble along to the school for the afternoon pick-up wearing heels, a silly skirt and make-up, a chorus of voices calls out, “You’ve had a meeting today then!” I ought to do it more often really because, oddly, dressing the part does make me more productive.

  6. 23 February, 2012 / 3:58 pm

    I hear you. I love to slouch around in elasticated waists and sports bras. I mean sure my tits look great in a balconette bra but who is actually there to look at the balcony or flesh if I’m at home? No enjoy yourself and let it all hang out a little. But do shave your legs that makes you feel ‘pulled together’ even if you’ve worn the same out fit for 3 days!

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